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Yesterday โ€” September 19th 2018NPR Technology

Tech Giant Apple Spared Financial Pain In Latest Round Of Tariffs On China

By Alina Selyukh

With the trade tensions on the rise again, Apple has a lot at stake, with its money-making iPhone assembled completely in China. So far, the tech darling has managed to navigate the dispute unscathed.

  • September 19th 2018 at 22:21

Do IVF And Other Infertility Tech Lead To Health Risks For The Baby? Maybe

By Mara Gordon
A Swiss study tracking the health of a group of children conceived via assisted reproductive technology found that a surprising number developed premature aging of their blood vessels. Now in their teens, 15 percent have hypertension.

A small study of teens who were conceived via assisted reproductive technology finds a significant number already have hypertension and premature "age-related changes" in their blood vessels.

(Image credit: Steve Debenport/Getty Images)

  • September 19th 2018 at 18:25

Have A Cool Idea To Help End World Hunger? Pitch It To The U.N.

By Vicky Hallett
A World Food Programme convoy carries humanitarian aid to Aleppo, Syria. Getting food into conflict zones is a major hurdle — and a topic of discussion at the WFP

At the World Food Programme's Innovation Accelerator, teams test out new proposals to stop hunger. Anyone can submit an idea. And September deadlines are coming up.

(Image credit: Cem Genco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

  • September 19th 2018 at 17:41

Facebook Allowed Employers To Exclude Women From Job Ads, ACLU Says

By Sasha Ingber
The ACLU, a law firm and a labor union filed a complaint against Facebook Tuesday over what they say were job ads that excluded woman and older people.

The complaint, filed Tuesday, says 10 businesses prevented women from receiving employment opportunities on the website. It also accused Facebook of excluding women in its own company.

(Image credit: Noah Berger/AP)

  • September 18th 2018 at 23:41
Before yesterdayNPR Technology

Tech In Times Of Trouble

Natural disaster? There's an app for that.

(Image credit: NOAA via Getty Images)

  • September 17th 2018 at 16:18

Georgia Will Use Electronic Voting Machines This Fall As Paper Ballot Case Falters

By Johnny Kauffman
A touchscreen voting machine in Sandy Springs, Ga., during the primary election in May 2018. As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid warnings of Russian hacking, about 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes.

A judge said such a paper ballot rollout would "seriously test" the capacity of election workers and "swamp the polls with work and voters," leading to "disaffection and frustration."

(Image credit: John Bazemore/AP)

  • September 18th 2018 at 16:18

Technology Helps Motorists Maneuver In A Natural Disaster

By Jasmine Garsd

When it comes to getting help navigating a natural disaster, there's so much technology available, the options are almost overwhelming. What works?

  • September 18th 2018 at 11:03

Giant 'Pac-Man' Launched To Gobble Garbage Patch

Last Saturday, the nonprofit Ocean Cleanup dispatched a device to help clean up litter in the Pacific Ocean. NPR's Michel Martin talks with Boyan Slat, the young CEO who came up with the idea.

  • September 16th 2018 at 23:15

Gov. Brown's Biggest Climate Foe Isn't Trump. It's Car-Loving Californians

By Lauren Sommer
Model 3 sedans sit on display outside a Tesla showroom. For California to reach its ambitious climate change goals, every vehicle sold by 2040 in the state will have to be a zero-emissions vehicle.

Gov. Jerry Brown of California wants the state to radically cut carbon emissions. But to meet those goals, every new vehicle sold in California by 2040 will have to be a zero-emission model.

(Image credit: David Zalubowski/AP)

  • September 13th 2018 at 11:22

Does Facebook Really Work? People Question Effectiveness Of Ads

By Jasmine Garsd
A new lawsuit alleges Facebook is misleading advertisers, but the company says it can

Facebook would be Don Draper's dream come true — offering the ability to target ads based on what people love or hate. But some advertisers say it misleads them about what all that data can do.

(Image credit: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

  • September 12th 2018 at 23:21

New Apple Watch To Detect Abnormal Heartbeats

By Avie Schneider
Jeff Williams, Apple

The focus heading into Apple's event was on its new iPhones, but it also unveiled a redesigned Apple Watch with a sensor allowing users to take an electrocardiogram they can share with their doctor.

(Image credit: Stephen Lam/Reuters)

  • September 12th 2018 at 22:45

Pickup Artist: How The Ford F-Series Took Over America

There goes (varoom! varoom!) that leather-seated (thphhhhhh!) 4G-connected king cab F-150 (rahghhh!) around the bend (brummmmmmmmmmmmmmm)…

(Image credit: Gabe Bullard/WAMU)

  • September 12th 2018 at 17:06

Blind Grocery Shoppers Access 'Second Set Of Eyes' Through App At Wegmans

By Michael Mroziak
Gary Wagner, a blind Buffalo resident and subscriber to an app that connects him to a shopping assistant, looks for hot sauce at a Wegmans store in Amherst, New York.

An app service known as Aira is connecting blind and visually impaired grocery shoppers with sighted guides that help them navigate the aisles at Wegmans through their smartphones.

(Image credit: Ronald Peralta/WBFO)

  • September 12th 2018 at 20:17

6-Figure Price Tag Expected For Rare Apple-1 Computer At Auction

By Todd Bookman
An Apple-1 circuit board is rigged up to a vintage keyboard and monitor. The board is one of only 200 manufactured in 1976.

The very first Apple computer — an Apple-1 — was really only a circuit board. But for computer geeks and tech-lovers, that board could become a collectors item when it goes up for auction.

(Image credit: RR Auction)

  • September 12th 2018 at 11:39

Automation Comes To McDonald's

By Ally Schweitzer

We hear a lot about robots eventually taking over jobs in manufacturing, but automation has already hit the service industry. The cashier who takes your order at McDonald's could soon be replaced.

  • September 12th 2018 at 11:11

Federal Court Asked To Scrap Georgia's 27,000 Electronic Voting Machines

By Johnny Kauffman
An election official holds an electronic voting machine memory card following the Georgia primary runoff elections at a polling location in Atlanta on July 24, 2018. A group of Georgia voters is suing the state, saying that the electronic machines are not secure.

Less than two months ahead of Election Day, a group of voters and election security advocates say the state's touchscreen voting machines are insecure and should be replaced with paper ballots.

(Image credit: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

  • September 12th 2018 at 11:00

A Massive Floating Boom Is Supposed To Clean Up The Pacific. Can It Work?

By Laurel Wamsley
A nearly 2,000-foot-long tube is towed offshore from San Francisco Bay on Saturday. It

The giant, U-shaped tube is designed to form a garbage-corralling barrier propelled by wind and waves. Its creator hopes to remove half the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in five years.

(Image credit: The Ocean Cleanup)

  • September 11th 2018 at 22:11

DOJ Probe Into Bias At Tech Companies Should Include Democrats, California AG Says

By Alina Selyukh
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey testify during a Senate intelligence committee hearing on Sept. 5.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra is calling on the Justice Department to invite Democrats to the Sept. 25 meeting focused on social media and tech companies or risk proving the event's political bent.

(Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

  • September 11th 2018 at 17:04

For Many In Venezuela, Social Media Is A Matter Of Life And Death

By Jasmine Garsd
Health workers form a human chain reading "SOS" during a protest for the lack of medicines, medical supplies and poor conditions in hospitals, in Caracas on Aug. 2.

When it comes to social media, many Venezuelans choose to self-censor. But for others, social media can be a lifeline. One pharmacist uses Twitter to help people find scarce medicines.

(Image credit: Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images)

  • September 11th 2018 at 10:58

How Facebook Has Shaped Democracy

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to The New Yorker's Evan Osnos about his new profile of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

  • September 10th 2018 at 23:59
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